Welcome to Research Bow!

A postgraduate research blog from and for the PGRs of the School of Health in Social Science.

About us

Research Bow was launched in March 2019 with the vision to create a platform to share advice, experiences and news with our community of postgraduate research (PGR) students in the School of Health in Social...

Meet the team

Meet our passionate and enthusiastic team of editors, proofreaders, social media managers and much valued reviewers! If you want to be involved in any of these roles all you have to do is to get...

Our Contributors

Research Bow would not exist without the contribution of our inspiring and keen PGR blog authors who chose our platform to share their honest experiences, exciting initiatives and valuable tips and pieces of advice. We...

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Am I an imposter? First conference experiences as a PhD student

“Embarking on a doctoral journey is an exciting yet challenging endeavor, filled with numerous milestones and new experiences. Among these experiences, attending academic conferences as a PhD student holds a unique place. However, for many PhD students, the exhilaration of presenting their work at these conferences is accompanied by persistent …
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Tell Us About Your Methodology – Community Based Participatory Research

We have really appreciated the opportunities to learn about the work that is happening across the PGR cohort with our...
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Stronger Together: Moving from Loneliness to Solidarity in Your PhD Journey

The PhD journey can be lonely, especially at the beginning when everything feels uncertain and overwhelming. Peer support is crucial...
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Writing up your PhD – Struggles of a 4th year

Every PhD student practically dreams of and simultaneously dreads writing up their PhD. Speak to any 4th year student (and...
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Tell Us About Your Methodology – Experience Sampling Methodology

Another month, another methodology. We have loved talking to our friends and colleagues on the PGR cohort to find out...
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5 lessons I learned as a PhD student and a father

First things first – having a child has been one of the biggest blessings of my life, if not the...
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Featured category of the month: PhD Life & Milestones

In this category you can find reflections, tips and advice for any stage of your PhD from First Year Annual Reviews to Online Recruitment, Tutoring and Vivas. You can also find how to join exciting PGR reps initiatives, staying connected with the PGR community. Would you like to share your experiences and tips? Contact us at research.bow@ed.ac.uk

Am I an imposter? First conference experiences as a PhD student

“Embarking on a doctoral journey is an exciting yet challenging endeavor, filled with numerous milestones and new experiences. Among these experiences, attending academic conferences as a PhD student holds a unique place. However, for many PhD students, the exhilaration of presenting their work at these conferences is accompanied by persistent …
Read More "Am I an imposter? First conference experiences as a PhD student"

Tell Us About Your Methodology – Community Based Participatory Research

We have really appreciated the opportunities to learn about the work that is happening across the PGR cohort with our newest blog series, Tell Us...
Read More "Tell Us About Your Methodology – Community Based Participatory Research"

Stronger Together: Moving from Loneliness to Solidarity in Your PhD Journey

The PhD journey can be lonely, especially at the beginning when everything feels uncertain and overwhelming. Peer support is crucial at this time, providing emotional...
Read More "Stronger Together: Moving from Loneliness to Solidarity in Your PhD Journey"

Tell Us About Your Methodology – Experience Sampling Methodology

Another month, another methodology. We have loved talking to our friends and colleagues on the PGR cohort to find out more about their research, and...
Read More "Tell Us About Your Methodology – Experience Sampling Methodology"

The pros and cons of part timing

New Year 2020 (little did I know the isolation that was coming), I spent the best part of a week, a rare week off work,...
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Tell Us About Your Methodology – Dyadic Semi-Structured Interviews

We love hearing about other peoples’ research and finding out about new methodologies is always an exciting prospect. It’s time to shine a spotlight on...
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(Mis)managing Expectations- A Throwback!

PhD life is perceived to be all about research and knowledge and round table discussions about high-end intellectual ideas and what not. But is it...
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R you ready for R?

This blog post is a guide for using R for reproducible data processing and analysis. Today we will work with this totally legitimate longitudinal dataset...
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Getting Systematically Meta – A Guide To Conducting Systematic Reviews And Meta-Analyses. Part 2.

Welcome back intrepid systematic meta fans. In the last exciting post, we covered the steps involved in planning review studies. This sequel post will guide...
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